Matthew 27:23
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New International Version
"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"

King James Bible
And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

Darby Bible Translation
And the governor said, What evil then has he done? But they cried more than ever, saying, Let him be crucified.

World English Bible
But the governor said, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, saying, "Let him be crucified!"

Young's Literal Translation
And the governor said, 'Why, what evil did he?' and they were crying out the more, saying, 'Let be crucified.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

What evil hath he done? - Pilate plainly saw that there was nothing laid to his charge for which, consistently with the Roman laws, he could condemn him.

But they cried out the more - What strange fury and injustice! They could not answer Pilate's question, What evil hath he done? He had done none, and they knew he had done none; but they are determined on his death.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Why.

Genesis 37:18,19 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to slay him...

1 Samuel 19:3-15 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will commune with my father of you; and what I see...

1 Samuel 20:31-33 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not be established, nor your kingdom. Why now send and fetch him to me...

1 Samuel 22:14-19 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all your servants as David, which is the king's son in law...

But.

Matthew 21:38,39 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him...

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran on him with one accord,

Acts 17:5-7 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company...

Acts 21:28-31 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teaches all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place...

Acts 22:22,23 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth...

Acts 23:10,12-15 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them...

Library
The Blind Watchers at the Cross
'And sitting down they watched Him there.' --MATT. xxvii. 36. Our thoughts are, rightly, so absorbed by the central Figure in this great chapter that we pass by almost unnoticed the groups round the cross. And yet there are large lessons to be learned from each of them. These rude soldiers, four in number, as we infer from John's Gospel, had no doubt joined with their comrades in the coarse mockery which preceded the sad procession to Calvary; and then they had to do the rough work of the executioners,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Crucifixion
'And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34. They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35. And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots. 36. And sitting down they watched Him there; 37. And set up over His head His accusation written, THIS
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Eloi.
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"--ST MATTHEW xxvii. 46. I do not know that I should dare to approach this, of all utterances into which human breath has ever been moulded, most awful in import, did I not feel that, containing both germ and blossom of the final devotion, it contains therefore the deepest practical lesson the human heart has to learn. The Lord, the Revealer, hides nothing that can be revealed, and will not warn away the foot that treads in naked humility even upon the
George MacDonald—Unspoken Sermons

Third Stage of Jewish Trial. Jesus Formally Condemned by the Sanhedrin and Led to Pilate.
(Jerusalem. Friday After Dawn.) ^A Matt. XXVII. 1, 2; ^B Mark XV. 1; ^C Luke XXII. 66-23:1; ^D John XVIII. 28. ^a 1 Now when morning was come, ^c 66 And as soon as it was day, ^b straightway ^c the assembly of the elders of the people was gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away into their council, ^a all the chief priests and { ^b with} the elders ^a of the people ^b and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and ^a took counsel against Jesus to put
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
1 Samuel 20:32
"Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father.

Matthew 27:22
"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"

Matthew 27:24
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"

Luke 23:4
Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."

Acts 13:28
Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.

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